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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that needs to buy dishwashing detergent.

And a gallon of milk. Oh, and candles.

Sorry. We realize we shouldn’t be using our daily column as a shopping list (which will, in all likelihood, later today will become the note that reminds us we forgot to get all these things, prompting a good smack in the forehead – as if that will make us remember any better on our lunch break). But it’s not so much a shopping list as it is an indicator of the mood we’re in today.

And what could such a list tell a good detective, you ask? Well, dish soap might tell you we’re feeling motivated, and want to impress our cohabitants with industriousness – or that the kitchen’s a mess. The milk could indicate we have a cat – or that we’re trying to catch one. The candles, well, just think about all the things for which you use wax.

Just kidding, though. We’re just in one of those moods where we want to have some clean dishes so we can enjoy a good bowl of cereal (with milk) and we figured we should buy some candles because, for some strange reason, we really wish the electricity would go out so we could hang out by candlelight with the neighbors, without the modern world and all its technology distracting us.


This has to be the funniest thing we’ve read in the past six months (not counting the stuff we wrote). This came from Don in Iowa, via our friend, Gary:

“If you had bought $1,000 worth of Nortel stock one year ago, it would now be worth $49. With Enron, you would have $16.50 of the original $1,000. With WorldCom, you would have less than $5 left. If you had bought $1,000 worth of Budweiser (the beer, not the stock) one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the cans for the 10-cent deposit, you would have $214. Based on the above, my current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle.”

If only Colorado had a bottle/can deposit, huh?


Teresa has about the best neighbors a body could ask for, it seems. She sent us this Angel Alert!! Angel Alert!!:

“I am recovering from surgery and my dear friend who holds down seven jobs is also helping me (that makes eight) keep up with my housework. It is nearly impossible for me in a back brace and crutches! Last week she came over to help mid-day. However, she had been in the middle of keeping up with her own lawn and left it mid-stream (or should I say mid-cut) and came to help me. A few hours later, she was off to finish her lawn and then to another job. She arrived home to find that her neighbor had finished cutting her lawn for her! She told me that she was so overwhelmed with her neighbor’s good deed that she just sat on a her steps and cried. Both need halos … however they are just such incredibly special angels that they wish to remain unnamed.”

We can’t say enough about how far being a good neighbor goes to making this the place we all want it to be. This tale brings to mind one from our own experience, but with a slightly different spin: A housemate of ours who cleans carpets when he isn’t plotting his grand schemes for his surf tour bus or taking over small Central American countries found himself with an extra cleaning machine and time. Intending to clean our carpets, he first cleaned the neighbors’ – having an infant, the carpet can get a little dirty; having an infant, money often goes elsewhere before the carpet gets considered. The boss, however, called it “moonlighting,” thought this guy had given services away to a prospective customer and, generally, wasn’t happy.

So, instead of recognizing it as a neighborly act in a place that was built on neighbors looking after neighbors, instead of getting free publicity and the reputation of having conscientious employees, they get an Almost Angel Alert! (We’d bark more, but that housemate does need to pay rent, you know.)

Teresa, we’ve Fed-Exed your requested halo-and-wing sets. Please find enclosed a complimentary set of spot-removing chemicals and nap brushes.


We’re out, hopefully crossing things off that shopping list …

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